5 Reasons Why Simple Living Will Make Your Life Happier

As we continue to take steps to simplify life here at the urban homestead, I catch myself feeling increasingly satisfied about our choices. Author Duane Elgin describes simplicity as living …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Round-Up of Money Saving Ideas

If you read yesterday’s posting you know that a group of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers participated in the Yakezie blog swap, including Happy Simple Living. We were all asked …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Guest Post – Saving Money On Food & Drinks

Today Happy Simple Living is fortunate to have a terrific article written by Jacob, author of the popular blog My Personal Finance Journey. Jacob says he enjoys writing about finance …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Holiday Must-Haves

Have you purchased your festive holiday snowman condiment spinner yet? Throughout the holiday season, I’ll be posting amusing offerings of Holiday Stuff from retailers. Perhaps, like me, you’re trying to …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Easy Chicken Drumstick Dinner

Like most moms, I try to do the grocery shopping without my son. If he comes along, he inevitably talks me into making an unplanned purchase or two. However, last …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Resisting the Halloween Spending Spooks

Next month I’ll be starting a new weekly feature, “Holiday Must-Haves.” It’ll showcase some of the myriad holiday-themed items retailers try to sell us. I’ll be posting a special Halloween …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Stylish, Eco-Friendly Solution for Recessed Lighting

Here at the Urban Homestead, we try to use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) wherever possible. They save energy and last for years, and the technology has improved so the light color is warmer and …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Our Green(ish) Trip to Disneyland – Part 1

Hyacinths in full bloom surround Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in Disneyland

We left our urban homestead last week, lured by the magic of Disneyland.  Throughout the planning stages of our trip, I tried to make as many eco-friendly choices as possible — balanced against practical and financial considerations. In this posting I’ll share the travel decisions we faced and the choices we made. In Part 2, I’ll share some of the personal aspects about our own efforts to be eco-conscious travelers, and in Part 3 I’ll report on our experiences within the Disneyland and California Adventure parks.  

My definition of sustainable living includes trying to be a good steward of our finances, so during the planning stages I tried to maximize our value on this trip. For the air travel from Denver to Anaheim, I purchased one United ticket for $241 and redeemed one free MileagePlus ticket. For the first time, I also purchased carbon offsets for the energy we used flying from Denver to Anaheim. I’d always wanted to do this, but I frankly felt a little overwhelmed by all of the choices — there are literally hundreds of carbon offset organizations and I’d read rumblings that they weren’t all completely legit.  After researching a number of options I ended up purchasing an offset from the highly-regarded organization TerraPass, enough to cover both our air travel and car emissions during the trip.  (To offset an air travel trip, go to the air travel page and enter the airport codes for your departure and destination cities. TerraPass automatically calculates the carbon emissions. In our case, two direct roundtrip flights from Denver to Anaheim equaled 1,689 miles or  1,148 lbs. CO2. We purchased offsets for 2,000 lbs.  of CO2 and the cost was a surpisingly affordable $11.90.)

Next, I searched for a green hotel.

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Creamy, Delicious Hummus

I promised a recipe using our home-grown alfalfa sprouts. As soon as I tasted the fresh, crunchy little shoots I knew I wanted to put them in a sandwich with …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.